Bihar ‘dowry death victim’ found living with paramour; husband in jail

The woman mysteriously disappeared from a village in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district in 2015 and was been found living with her paramour at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. Her husband, booked in dowry death case, has been in jail since then.

india Updated: May 24, 2017 13:24 IST
Ajay Kumar
Ajay Kumar
Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur
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Rinki Kumari, who was earlier declared dead, being taken to the court in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar. (HT photo)

A man lodged in jail for allegedly killing his wife in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, 71 km from state capital Patna, may soon walk free as the ‘dead’ woman has been found alive and living with her paramour.

Manoj Kumar, a resident of Jagannath Dokra village in Saraiya police station area of Muzaffarpur, was arrested and booked in a dowry death case after his wife Rinki Kumari mysteriously disappeared on April 8, 2015, almost a year after their marriage.

Rinki Kumari’s parents not only accused Kumar and his family members of killing her for dowry but also identified a body, found in the village a few days later, as that of their daughter.

“The police promptly arrested my son and sent him to jail,” said Kumar’s mother Lalita Devi, who succeeded in locating her ‘dead’ daughter-in-law after two years of relentless effort.

“Not convinced with the police investigation, I started looking for Rinki at all possible places. My search took me to Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh where her father, an armyman, had been posted. About six months back, I was able to locate Rinki, who was living in Jabalpur with her paramour Mayur Mallick, a resident of Sariaya,” Devi said.

“I immediately contacted Saraiya police station SHO Santosh Mishra, an IPS probationer, who sent a police team to Jabalpur to arrest Rinki and Mallick,” she said.

Rinki Kumari and Mallick were brought here on Thursday and produced in the court of subdivisional judicial magistrate. While Rinki Kumari has been sent to a shelter home, Mallick is under police custody.

They would be produced in the court again on Monday. “After recording of their statement in the court, the proceedings will be initiated to free Kumar,” the Saraiya SHO said.

He said Kumar had been booked under sections 304B (dowry death) and 201 (tampering with the evidence) of the Indian Penal Code. “Section 304B of IPC entails a jail term of seven years to life imprisonment,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rinki Kumari told police that she had been seeing Mallick even before she was married to Kumar against her wishes. “I remained in touch with my boyfriend even after the marriage. On Mallick’s persuasion, I left home and went to Jabalpur with him. I have been staying with Mallick since 2015,” she said.

First Published: May 13, 2017 12:49 IST